Definition of privacy in English:

privacy

noun

mass noun
  • 1A state in which one is not observed or disturbed by other people.

    ‘she returned to the privacy of her own home’
    • ‘This house seems ideal for a family looking for privacy or a bit of peace and quiet.’
    • ‘It took me years to get over the first burglary, and now my home and privacy have been invaded again.’
    • ‘Let this broken old man hobble off to the privacy of his own home.’
    • ‘It can be a traumatic experience to have the privacy of your home invaded.’
    • ‘Test it by jumping up and down in the privacy of your dressing room!’
    • ‘Even in the privacy of the bedroom, we kept safely to our sides.’
    • ‘So, we'll leave the young lovers their peace and their privacy, for the time being at least.’
    • ‘Personal privacy is respected and staring is discouraged, although eye contact is not avoided.’
    • ‘Of late he lived a reserved life and enjoyed the privacy of his own home.’
    • ‘A sheet has been hung from the ceiling to ensure complete privacy.’
    • ‘She feared the new houses on the school site would block light to her bungalow and invade her privacy.’
    • ‘The wall appeared completely black from the outside, allowing for a cheery atmosphere while ensuring complete privacy.’
    • ‘The only drawback is the loss of privacy to the rear by the addition of some new houses.’
    • ‘To ensure daytime privacy for back seat passengers, the rear windows are dark tinted.’
    • ‘The consideration to guests, comfort and privacy is on show everywhere you look.’
    • ‘Would this be in public, or could we just practise in the privacy of our living room?’
    • ‘How much convenience and privacy are you willing to give up in return for a given increase in security?’
    • ‘Critics have charged that the program will give the defence department the power to invade personal privacy.’
    • ‘The master was carried out and attended to in the privacy of his bedroom.’
    • ‘The house is set off the road and offers plenty of seclusion and privacy for its occupants.’
    seclusion, privateness, solitude, isolation, retirement, peace, peace and quiet, peacefulness, quietness, lack of disturbance, lack of interruption, freedom from interference
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    1. 1.1 The state of being free from public attention.
      ‘a law to restrict newspapers' freedom to invade people's privacy’
      • ‘He had then invaded the privacy of his neighbours by secretly filming women in their homes.’
      • ‘So I ask with love, that I be left in peace and privacy by people who love my records too.’
      • ‘The supermodel is one of many celebrities going public about their privacy rights.’
      • ‘Of course, he is entitled to hide behind the cloak of privacy and not tell the public.’
      • ‘He is and has been, no matter how much publicity he has received, dedicated to his privacy.’
      • ‘I would also ask you to respect my privacy at this point due to some public profile I have here in Europe.’
      • ‘The star of the Alfie remake has attacked the tabloid press for invading his privacy.’
      • ‘Several examples exist where both business and government have violated consumer privacy for financial gains.’
      • ‘Public exposure has left her unable to say what privacy sounds like from the inside.’
      • ‘She is not the first celebrity to exchange her privacy for publicity.’
      • ‘Their privacy should not be free from the scrutiny they seek to impose on others.’
      • ‘Many argue that they could amount to an invasion of personal privacy and free choice.’
      • ‘He said youngsters had complained that the cameras had invaded their privacy.’
      • ‘Public figures are often the first to seek privacy protection under new regulations of speech.’
      • ‘Weren't journalists the people who invaded the privacy of your home?’
      • ‘The irony is that until the book, Keane rarely courted publicity and was famed for valuing his privacy.’
      • ‘The authors wish to codify and clarify where privacy and free speech rights begin and end.’
      • ‘Nurses will not have to protect patient privacy without a policy for support.’
      • ‘It must have given him a view, though, on matters of privacy for public figures.’
      • ‘Your privacy can already be invaded without your consent in the way that you suggest.’

Pronunciation

privacy

/ˈprɪvəsi//ˈprʌɪvəsi/